Venus Transit Images Captured in Space

BY Jenny Marder  June 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM EST

For those Earthlings lucky enough to be under cloudless skies during the Venus transit on Tuesday, the planet took the form of a tiny dot gliding across the Sun’s Northern hemisphere. (Editor’s note: it was a bust at NewsHour headquarters near Washington, due to cloud cover.)

If you’re desiring a bit more perspective, NASA has provided stunning images from space, captured from its Solar Dynamics Observatory and its Hinode solar optical telescope. You can see those images in the slide show above.

Also, Expedition 31 crew members on the International Space Station had cameras set up in several locations to record the rare crossing. NASA astronaut Don Pettit brought aboard a solar filter for his camera aboard and snapped several images through the European Space Agency-built “cupola,” which he downloaded in almost real-time, NASA reports.